The Feynman Processor: Quantum Entanglement and the Computing Revolution

The Feynman Processor: Quantum Entanglement and the Computing Revolution

by Gerard J. Milburn
     
 

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Quantum computing, the reduction of computing elements to sizes far smaller than that of present-day chips, down to the size of individual atoms, presents new problems, problems on the quantum level. But thanks to new discoveries by Gerard Milburn and other cutting-edge scientists, quantum computing is about to become a reality.In this book, the first one for the

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Quantum computing, the reduction of computing elements to sizes far smaller than that of present-day chips, down to the size of individual atoms, presents new problems, problems on the quantum level. But thanks to new discoveries by Gerard Milburn and other cutting-edge scientists, quantum computing is about to become a reality.In this book, the first one for the general public to explain the scientific ideas behind concepts seen before only in science fiction, physicist Milburn brings us the exciting world of phenomena of entanglement, where particles can be in two places at the same time, where matter on the quantum level can be teleported à la Star Trek’s famous Transporter; and where cryptographers can construct fundamentally unbreakable computer codes.Although other books and magazine articles have dealt with some of the subjects in this book, this is the first book for the layman to deal specifically with quantum computing, an area pioneered by the great physicist Richard Feynman, who first posed the challenge to scientists to devise the smallest, fastest computer elements, to take us to the absolute physical limits of computers. This book promises to both astound and educate every reader eager to keep abreast of the latest breakthroughs in physics and computers.

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Milburn (theoretical physics and laser science, U. of Queensland, Australia) predicts that quantum computation will bypass the imminent constraints on the speed and power of conventional computers imposed by the need to move signals from one place to another in the physical world. He outlines quantum physics, explains the peculiar phenomenon of quantum entanglement, and describes how quantum computers might work. He projects the possibility of matter teleportation at the end of the polarized laser beam. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738201733
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Gerard L. Milburn is professor of theoretical physics and head of the Department of Laser Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is one of the key scientists in the effort to make quantum computers a reality. Professor Milburn is also the author of Schrödinger Machines.

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